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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.


While it might be surprising for some to see giants in the food and drink business enter the venture capital arena, that is exactly what is happening. A number of companies, including giants such as Kellogg (NYSE: K) and General Mills (NYSE: GIS) have been contributing excess capital into this area, but today it appears that one of the largest coffee company’s will be jumping into this market as well.

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The iPhone, Amazon, and Uber have yet to deliver the kind of productivity boom that led to a burst of American prosperity in previous eras of technological advances. But new data suggest the latest technology boom is starting to give the economy a jolt.

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Ipesicide-spray-pixanfants who are exposed to common agricultural pesticides during pregnancy and in their first year of life are at an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to data from a study headed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Reporting their findings in The BMJ, UCLA associate professor Ondine S. von Ehrenstein, PhD, and colleagues suggest that the population-based case control study, which to their knowledge is the largest to have investigated pesticide exposure and ASD, supports “the need to avoid prenatal and infant exposure to pesticides to protect early brain development.”

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The majority of medical device companies continue to shy away from developing pediatric medical devices because the process is costly and the market is small. They don’t see the ROI. One organization that has been particularly active in advocating for the development of devices for this important population is the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System, which in conjunction with the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, started the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) six years ago. NCC-PDI also added healthcare accelerators BioHealth Innovation and MedTech Innovator to the consortium recently and created the Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program.

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The age-old question continues to arise today. Are successful entrepreneurs born or made? This single question has rattled the minds of many thought leaders, industry authorities, professors and even entrepreneurs like myself. It appears so simple when asked, yet upon scratching the surface slightly, it becomes a far deeper equation.

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